|Motto||Educating Tomorrow’s Healthcare Team|
|Current President||Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D|
Podiatry Dean Jensen
|Students per class||40|
|Location||Glendale, Arizona Downers Grove, Illinois|
Midwestern University is a private graduate professional and medical school. The main campus is in Downers Grove, Illinois and an additional campus housing the Arizona College of Podiatric Medicine in Glendale, Arizona (1). Midwestern has been dedicated to educating and preparing tomorrow’s healthcare team since its founding in 1900 by J. Martin Littlejohn, Ph.D., D.O., M.D (2).
Midwestern offers a wide variety of clubs and organizations. From cycling club to journal club, there are endless opportunities for student involvement. During the fall season of second year, the Arizona College of Podiatric Medicine offers an opportunity for friends and family to celebrate the students’ decision to be the future of healthcare with a white coat ceremony. During the ceremony, students pledge to uphold the values of a healthcare provider. The Arizona College of Podiatric Medicine enrolls 40 students per class, allowing ample opportunity to build relationships with faculty (3).
Adapting to Covid: In light of COVID-19, Midwestern has taken numerous precautions to protect students, faculty, and staff. Classes look different this year, with lectures moved online, written exams provided on lockdown browsers, and only essential labs held in-person. Social distancing and masks are strictly enforced on campus and during in-person labs. Students and faculty maintain communication using Zoom, WebEx, and other platforms.
Midwestern University offers degrees in over ten health science-related fields (1). This diversity allows for a unique interprofessional dynamic that prepares graduates for today’s encouraged multidisciplinary care patterns (2). The Arizona College of Podiatric Medicine is a four-year program, which upon completion earns graduates the title of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (3). The first two years consist of basic sciences taken with osteopathic medical students. This includes courses such as anatomy with cadaver labs, physiology, and pharmacology. Professionalism and compassion are further developed in students during the numerous volunteer opportunities available through the Arizona College of Podiatric Medicine. The final two years consist of clinical rotations that provide students with essential hands-on skills needed for residency.
(1) “Midwestern University.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 31 Aug. 2020, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midwestern_University.
(2) “About.” Midwestern University, http://www.midwestern.edu/.
(3) “College of Health Sciences, Glendale Campus: Doctor of Podiatric Medicine.” Midwestern University, http://www.midwestern.edu/academics/degrees-and-programs/doctor-of podiatricmedicine-az.xml